ABC Family announces new shows: 'The Lying Game,' 'Switched at Birth,' and more
Good news, "Pretty Little Liars" fans! Though Season 1 comes to an end on March 21, you won't have to wait long at all for Season 2. "Pretty Little Liars," along with "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Melissa & Joey," will return in June 2011.
ABC family is also extending its programming to include three new dramas and a new half-hour comedy.
The first drama, "Switched at Birth," stars Vanessa Marano ("Gilmore Girls" April Nardini) as Bay Kennish and newbie Katie Leclerc as Daphne Vasquez. You guessed it - it's about two girls who are switched at birth. Bay is wealthy with two parents and a brother, while Daphne, who is deaf, grew up with a single mom.
D.W. Moffett from "Friday Night Lights" and Lea Thompson from "Back to the Future" star as the Kennish parents, while Toby, Bay's brother, is played by "High School Musical" fave Lucas Grabbeel. Constance Marie plays Daphne's mom.
It premieres Monday, June 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST, right after the 8:00 premiere of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
"Pretty Little Liars" returns Tuesday, June 14, as the 8:00 p.m. EST lead-in to the new drama "The Nine Lives of Chloe King." It's a supernatural drama starring Skyler Samuels as Chloe King, a teenage girl who suddenly develops strange abilities and learns she's being hunted by an assassin. It also stars familiar faces Grey Damon from "Friday Night Lights," Benjamin Stone from "10 Thing I Hate About You," and Ki Hong Lee from "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
On Wednesday, June 29, expect the 8:30 p.m. premiere of "The Great State of Georgia" starring Raven-Symone as an aspiring actress trying to make a name for herself in NYC. It stars "Roswell's" Majandra Delfino as Georgia's science-geek BFF and Loretta Devine as Aunt Honey. That'll premiere right after a brand new episode of "Melissa and Joey."
On Monday, August 15, we have the premiere of ABC Family's next lying drama: "The Lying Game." ABC Family says the show "follows Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton. Sutton, unlike Emma, was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on the mysterious identity of their birth mother. After Sutton inexplicably fails to return to the girls' designated meeting place, Emma must decide whether to come clean about her identity and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sister's whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place."
Instead of casting identical twins, producers decided to cast "As The World Turns'" Alexandra Chando as both Emma and Sutton. The series is based on the novel by Sara Shepard, who also wrote "Pretty Little Liars."
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